Hyundai ix35: Impressive inside space

Premium feel at affordable price

When the ix35 first arrived in 2010, one of the big differences between this and other Hyundai models was the standard of interior. While cars like the i10 and i20 had focused purely on low-cost motoring, inside the car also reflected this. However, things changed with the new crossover.

Our Premium trim car comes with leather steering wheel and gear knob, as well as leather and cloth seat trim and this immediately gives the car a more upmarket feel than its price tag suggests. On top of this you get heated front seats, but you also get heated seats in the rear - something that has come in handy for rear passengers moaning about the cold.

There are a few bits that do let it down a little. The plastics around the dials and top of the dash aren't the worst you'll find, but they don't have the nice soft feel and the section above the sat nav is already showing signs of wear and tear just 1,800 miles in to its life.

Worthwhile options

Despite the overwhelming amount of standard kit on our car, we do have the optional Media pack. For £820 you get a touchscreen sat nav and seven speakers with amp and subwoofer as well as the reversing camera.

To be honest the reversing camera is a bit of an unnecessary addition, but I would pay the extra just for the touch screen system. Searching through my iPhone for music is so much easier because of it and I don't have the problem I encountered on the Skoda Yeti of having to just press random and hope for the best.

I do have one gripe with this system though - when inputting an address in the sat nav there is no postcode option. Ok, so it sounds petty and something I should be able to just get around by putting in the street and town, but for some reason I find the systems with postcode entry that little bit easier and more accurate.

Current mileage: 1,834

Average mpg: 39.1